chickpea biryani done an easier way

How to make the perfect chickpea biryani each time.

The humble chickpea never fails to amaze. On their own, chickpeas are an excellent source of protein. When combined with a grain such as rice, they become a source of a complete protein and can replace proteins acquired from eating meat (only without the fat). But when you make a biryani with them, they bring you to a whole new level.

Chickpea biryani is healthy, packed with flavour and makes for a great meatless meal.how-to-make-chickpea-biryani
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spiced parsnip soup with roasted garlic oil

spiced parsnip soup recipe with roasted garlic spread | conifères et feuillus food blog

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. -Kurt Vonnegut

Did you know that when exposed to the bitter cold, the starches of parsnips will actually turn into sugar rendering them sweet and delicious? Interesting isn’t it? And for this reason, this ancient root vegetable is harvested late in the season here in Québec and well into winter or even early spring.spiced parsnip soup with roasted garlic oil | conifères & feuillus
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sesame seed candy with tahini

til ka ladoo with tahini | conifères et feuillus food blog

The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison.  -Ann Wigmore

I have been hesitating to write this post for some time now. I certainly didn’t want to publish it before Halloween lest I rain on somebody’s parade. Don’t get me wrong, I love Halloween. Especially now that I have children, it’s even more special. My only issue lies with the candy part of it. I know, it’s candy, it’s not meant to be healthy. But have you looked at exactly what the candy of today is made with? It’s beyond my comprehension that this is what we give our children … as a treat …  and in copious amounts to boot. What message are we sending out?

This year, as in the past, I bartered most of what was collected for homemade candy and cookies.til ka ladoo with tahini | conifères et feuillus food blog

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tracing roots & roti, an indian flatbread

whole wheat indian flatbread (roti, chapati) | conifères et feuillus food blog

Food is never just something to eat. -Margaret Visser

Having been raised in Canada, there are so many things about my Indian heritage that I gave up or lost inadvertently. But the one thing that binds me to my past, despite how or where I live, is the food of my childhood, more specifically the simple Indian flatbread, or roti. Bread has this way with us, no? It’s a universal food, yet, each type defines its own culture, people and place, sometimes beyond nationalities and borders. In my opinion, the bread we call our own tells one more about who we are, and where we’ve come from, than our passports and birth certificates. And our last names.roti, an indian flatbread | conifères et feuillus

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cinnamon buns

whole wheat cinnamon buns | conifères et feuillus food blog

And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. -Khalil Gibran

It’s time to say good-bye to our beloved Île d’Orléans strawberries until the next growing season. When I was growing up, strawberry season lasted about a month. One month. Can you believe that?! Present day, thanks to advances in farming techniques, we get to enjoy local strawberries until October! Despite a longer season though, these little wonders will surely be missed.whole wheat cinnamon buns | conifères et feuillus food blog

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indian-spiced cabbage with tomatoes and green peas

indian spiced cabbage curry | conifères et feuillus

From humble beginnings come great things.

A simple vegetable curry served with fresh rotis (Indian flatbread) is a typical lunch in a Gujarati home. This sort of humble food is deeply rooted in my humble beginnings. And though, now, things may have changed on the outside, at heart, nothing has, and this simple Gujarati girl still craves these simple yet delicious curries. I cook them not only to satisfy my own cravings but to ensure that I can at least pass this portion of my heritage to my Canadian born, half-Indian children.indian-spiced cabbage with tomatoes and green peas | conifères & feuillus; indian cabbage curry; cabbage tomatoe and green peas

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vichyssoise (or leek soup)

vichyssoise or leak soup | conifères et feuillus food blog

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and the markets are brimming with local produce. Although Montréal is a huge metropolitan, just a short drive out and you are sure to hit farmland. There are over 30 000 farms in Québec and our produce is our pride and joy and definitely something to be thankful for. One of the crops that shine at this time of the year are our gigantic leeks. What better way to use them up than by making leek soup?vichyssoise (or leek soup) | conifères & feuillus

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